Spring Smoothies

March 13th, 2018

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It’s hard not to feel a little pep in your step when spring comes around. You feel healthier, more awake, and generally happier than you’ve felt for months. It’s great to have old man winter off your back. With this renewed sense of wellness comes a desire to be healthier, and we’re here to help. One way to stay healthy is to add a few smoothies to your diet. These delicious treats are simple to prepare and incredibly helpful in ensuring that you’re getting all the fruits and veggies you need. If you’re new to the smoothie game, we’re here to hook you up with the knowledge and recipes you need to jump into this delicious hobby.

The Equipment

As long as you own a decent blender, you should be able to make all of these smoothies in a cinch. For ease of cleanup and portability, you might want to go a step further and purchase a Nutribullet or Magic Bullet. Both the Nutribullet and the Magic Bullet are blenders specifically designed to extract healthy nutrients while breaking down your food for easy consumption. You can pop a lid on the cup for easy portability, and cleanup is incredibly simple. nl_nbrx

The Recipes

Half the fun of making smoothies is discovering new and delicious recipes. Are you in the mood for something that’s balanced and healthy, or do you just want something delicious? You can have it both ways with these amazing recipes.

Cinnamon Squash Pear Smoothie

Now that winter is hopefully behind us, we’ll say goodbye by incorporating a little winter squash into our diet. The winter squash is criminally underrated in terms of both taste and culinary usefulness. It’s super healthy for you too, which is why we’re honoring it here. Because this recipe also includes a pear, you’re going to discover it’s flavor to be quite sweet. Ground cinnamon will add a bit of texture and flavor as well. However, if it’s not sweet enough for you, feel free to add a teaspoon of honey.
  • ¾ cup of frozen winter squash
  • 1 pear
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • a splash of cashew or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
This is a super simple recipe. The only work that’s required is to skin your pear and cut it into chunks, being careful to remove any and all seeds. After that, everything goes into the blender until it’s smooth. Enjoy immediately for best results. butternut-squash-super-smoothie-2-960x540

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

This next recipe is super sweet, but it makes up for it by being positively packed with superfruits. Superfruits go above and beyond regular fruits and have a much higher concentration of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. This recipe includes ice cubes. We recommend using three ice cubes if you’re using fresh fruit. However, if your fruit is already frozen you can use only one, or even none.
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 ½ fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 to 4 ice cubes
This recipe has two blending cycles. First, you’ll combine the pineapple, pineapple juice and blueberries in the blender until it’s smooth. Once that’s all mixed together, remove the lid and add the recommended amount of ice cubes. Blend once more until smooth. This recipe is large enough to serve three people, so reduce the ingredients proportionally if you’re not sharing. shutterstock_340383674

Peanut Butter Banana Blend

The peanut butter banana blend is perfect after a morning workout. Packed with potassium and protein, it’s just what your body needs to to restore you after your workout and to fuel you until lunch. It’s a way healthier breakfast than bacon and eggs.
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of natural, unsweetened peanut butter
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
Milk is a super important ingredient in this recipe, but you can feel free to use low-fat or even almond milk if you’re looking to cut back on calories. The same goes for your honey, yogurt, and peanut butter. There are always unhealthier versions so try to avoid those when shopping. As always, blend until smooth and share your smoothie with a friend. shutterstock_406827097

Blueberry Cherry Cheesecake Smoothie

Now it’s time for dessert. This smoothie is most definitely not as healthy as the others included here. In fact, it’s down right unhealthy--but it is delicious! New York cheesecake is a favorite of many New Yorkers, so this is the perfect metropolitan dessert.  Cheesecake in a sippable form!
  • 1 ¼ cup of milk
  • 2 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries
  • ¼ cup of cream cheese
  • 1 to 3 ice cubes
Like the previous recipe, this one calls for ice cubes. Again, if you’re using frozen fruit, you won’t need as many ice cubes and you should add them after blending the other ingredients. You’ll be stunned by how much like cheesecake this tastes, all without the mess and fuss of baking one! The only thing missing is the crust. pic59PEnN